meretrix

noun
mer·​e·​trix | \ ˈmerə̇(ˌ)‧triks \
plural meretrices\ ˌmerə̇‧ˈtrī(ˌ)sēz \

Definition of meretrix

: prostitute with my lamentable visits to the Ring at Blackfriars, or to my meretrix in Holland Park— Cyril Connolly

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History and Etymology for meretrix

Latin, from merēre to earn, gain

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“Meretrix.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meretrix. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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